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FIRST READING: The Indigenous rejection of massacres as ‘decolonialization’ – National Post

Oct 25, 2023

Activists have called for Oct. 7-style terrorist attacks to be staged in Canada as acts of ‘resistance’

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In an Oct. 20 letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, a loose grouping of “First Nations leaders” urged the Trudeau government to reject any notion that the Hamas massacres of Oct. 7 had anything to do with “decolonization.”

“There must never be an acceptance in a modern Canadian society of a justification for terror, violence, targeted civilian massacres, or kidnapping,” it read.

The names of the signatories were not publicized, save for one; Karen Restoule, a Toronto-based communications consultant and member of the Dokis First Nation. In a message to the National Post, Restoule said that the signatories represented First Nations members from B.C. to Ontario, none of whom were serving as chiefs or band councillors. She added that they were remaining anonymous due to fears of targeting from pro-Palestinian quarters.

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